Sonya Gandhi, Women's Counsellor In Vaughan, ON

About Sonya Gandhi

As a registered Social Worker, I have experience in counselling those who have experienced trauma, specifically from emotionally abusive and toxic relationships. I focus on the conscious and unconscious thinking patterns that effect how we engage in relationships and feel about ourselves. The root of my work focuses on understanding our faulty assumptions, self-identity development, grieving losses and setting healthy boundaries. I also have more than twenty-five years of experience in social service settings, primarily within child welfare and Office of the Children’s Lawyers, with a focus on children’s safety/wellbeing and parenting. When it comes to counselling, I am driven by anti-oppressive and inclusive values. My approach focuses on establishing a connection that allows you to feel safe, seen, heard, and accepted. In a session with me, you can expect that if difficult things come up, I come from a place of understanding and will ask questions so that I can best help you get to where you want to be. I work primarily from a trauma-informed, narrative perspective, which means I will invite you to share about your life and provide you with information that may help you dig deep to find your compassion for yourself. I also incorporate techniques and skills from other modalities as needed, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, as well as Attachment theory. I am here to help you on that journey. If you'd like to get started on finding your summer, book an appointment by clicking here.

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